Anna Papoutsakis and John Bertsos
John knew he wanted to marry Anna from the first time he laid eyes on her while Anna wasn't so sure. Photo: Sterling Studios
JOHN BERTSOS AND ANNA PAPOUTSAKIS
THE DORMITION OF THE THEOTOKOS GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, MT GRAVATT AND THE GREEK CLUB, SOUTH BRISBANE, QLD
John's brother-in-law, also named John, owns a seafood shop and was friends with Anna's father. "I tagged along with my father the day before Christmas to pick up seafood for the festive season," says Anna. John was there on the day so Anna said "hi" to be polite. "John ignored me," says the 23 year-old. After seeing each other a few more times, on what Anna calls, "not so 'random' occasions", he started to greet her normally. A month later John's brother-in-law rang Anna to ask if he could give John her number. "It went from there, we became best friends and fell in love," she says. "I then realised exactly how shy John was." Luckily for Anna, first appearances aren't everything. "John is a true gentleman, who from the first date swept me off my feet. We are both very likeminded, work hard and understand each other," she says.
John had planned a surprise proposal for New Year's Eve while they were on holidays in Noosa. "Prior to John proposing he told me that on that fateful day when he first saw me, the day before Christmas, he knew it was love at first sight. He told me he knew he was going to marry me one day soon," says Anna. They went to watch the fireworks on a picnic rug by the beach. He proposed just as the clock hit midnight. "I had absolutely no idea," she says. "The following day John had already organised both our families to drive up for the day and celebrate with us. It was the biggest shock when I answered the front door."
The wedding day
"It was a big fat greek wedding," says Anna. They had 330 guests at their ceremony at the Greek Orthodox Church in Mt Gravatt and at the reception at The Greek Club. The day had a classic vintage style which began with the arrival of the bride in a red Cadillac that they had borrowed from a friend. "A huge highlight and honour for both of us was to be married by five Greek Orthodox priests, one of those included my grandfather and another included John’s godfather," she says.
Anna wore a strapless La Sposa gown with a matching bolero.The dress featured a lace overlay with beaded detailing and came from the Strictly Bridal Emporium in Robina on the Gold Coast.
A five-tiered cake tower of different flavours with fresh flowers in between each layer for decoration. It was made by Kylie Drakos from Iconic Cakes in Brisbane.
The photos were taken by Chris Knoblauch from Sterling Studios.
They went to Malaysia.
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